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From Mendoza: High Andes Aconcagua Mountain Tour

From Mendoza: High Andes Aconcagua Mountain Tour

Get picked up from your hotel in Mendoza and get on the road for a full day of exploration in the Andes. On Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, begin by taking the dirt roads through Villavicencio where you can catch amazing views of the highest peaks in the Andes. Reach Uspallata Valley and make your first stop at the town of Uspallata where the native Huarpes settled during the pre-Hispanic era. Take your time to soak in the Andean scenery and grab a snack. Then, continue on to Polvaredas and Punta de Vacas. Snap some photos before getting to Puente del Inca, a natural arch situated 8,924 feet above sea level. Admire the swirls of colored rock and the mountain views from the bridge. Journey towards the Chilean border, and stop at a natural viewpoint at Aconcagua, the largest mountain in both the Southern and Western Hemispheres. From November to April, it's possible to enter the Aconcagua Provincial Park and hike to the Horcones Lagoon. Then head to Las Cuevas village for free time and a bite to eat if you so choose. Journey back to Mendoza on the famous Ruta 7 and get dropped off at your hotel.

Mendoza: Uspallata, Aconcagua, and Puente del Inca Day Trip

Mendoza: Uspallata, Aconcagua, and Puente del Inca Day Trip

The tour offers a delightful mix of colors and landscapes. In the early morning, as we follow the course of the Mendoza River, we'll be treated to stunning views of the Cordon del Plata mountain range and the impressive Potrerillos Dam, which generates hydropower and supports irrigation. Our first stop will be the Uspallata settlement, where we'll explore the remains of the pre-Hispanic Huarpes community and discover the southernmost point of the Inca Empire along the Inca Trail from Peru. Continuing our journey, we'll visit the charming villages of Picheuta, Polvaredas, and Punta de Vacas. We'll then travel along the route of the Puente del Inca, marveling at the natural architectural formations and hot springs. Following that, we'll ascend to the viewpoint of Cerro Aconcagua, a towering presence at 6,959 meters above sea level, surrounded by the serene Laguna Horcones and the Aconcagua Provincial Park. Our final destination is the picturesque European-style village of Las Cuevas, located 3,200 meters above sea level. Here, we'll find the path that leads to the iconic "Cristo Redentor" monument, perched at an impressive 4,200 meters above sea level, symbolizing the unity between the people of Argentina and Chile (Only visited during the summer months). As our tour concludes, we'll return to Mendoza, bringing back cherished memories of this enchanting journey.

Mendoza: Mountains, Cacheuta and Las Cuevas Guided Tour

Mendoza: Mountains, Cacheuta and Las Cuevas Guided Tour

Meet the guide at your hotel and then go on an early-morning drive toward the town of Cacheuta, which borders the Mendoza River. Take in an amazing view of the Cordón del Plata mountain range and the Potrerillos Dam, before continuing to Uspallata, a pre-Hispanic settlement of Huarpe people. Afterward, head to the villages of Picheuta, Polvaredas, and Punta de Vacas, and pass by the Los Penitentes ski resort. Next, check out Puente del Inca, a natural arch that crosses the Las Cuevas River, known for its hot springs. Then, arrive at the viewpoint of Cerro Aconcagua with your guide. Marvel at the panoramic view from a high altitude. Go to the town of Las Cuevas, a mountain village that sits on the border between Argentina and Chile. See the Swiss-style buildings here. After that, stop for lunch at a local restaurant. Following this, visit the Aconcagua Viewpoint. Enjoy the view of the Aconcagua Provincial Park, and access the Monument of Christ the Redeemer, depending on the season. Finally, drive back to your hotel to finish the trip.

Mendoza: The best High Mountain private tour!

Mendoza: The best High Mountain private tour!

We depart early in the morning. I'll pick you up from wherever you're staying in the city. We go through three ranges: the Pre-Cordillera front range, the Silver range, and the Main range of the Andes. We have five planned stops, but we can add other stops, since this is a private tour just for you. • A stunning viewpoint that overlooks the expansive Potrerillos reservoir, where we can see all three ranges, a large reservoir, and sometimes, sailboats. • We continue higher into the mountains and make a short stop in the town Uspallata. • Farther into the Andes, we stop at the Inca Bridge, a geological formation with hot springs and ruins of an old hotel. • Our last night is at the foot of the tallest peak in the Americas, Aconcagua. Here, we'll take a short hike in the Aconcagua Provincial Park, which has breathtaking views of the south face. • On the way back to Mendoza, we'll stop for lunch in Uspallata in a BBQ restaurant. • We get home late in the afternoon and I'll drop you off wherever you're staying.

Mendoza water path

Mendoza water path

We want to take you to participate in a Mendoza experience guided by Mendoza residents. We will start with San Martín Park, a great work from the beginning of the 20th century, made possible thanks to the irrigation of the province. The use of canals and exploitation of meltwater. We will continue on their way, following the Mendoza River and its slopes to the main source, Lake Potrerillos. We will visit the Cipolletti dam, Cacheuta, and finally the lake. There, if you wish, we can do a little trekking to have fabulous views of the mountain. We will show you some of the most beautiful corners around the city of Mendoza in a mountainous and tourist area around Cacheuta and Lake Potrerillos. Then, you can try regional products, enjoy a good coffee or a typical Argentine sandwich. Finally we will return to your accommodation or to our meeting point.

Mendoza: High Mountain and Aconcagua Park Tour with BBQ

Mendoza: High Mountain and Aconcagua Park Tour with BBQ

We invite you to live a full high mountain adventure in Mendoza! In this tour, you will have the opportunity of hiking inside the great Aconcagua Provincial Park to visit the Horcones Lagoon. And in the same day, you will visit different historical sites of the Andes mountain range route: Cacheuta, Potrerillos Dam, Uspallata and Puente del Inca (Inca Bridge). Next, learn all about the history of the Andes before stopping back at Uspallata to enjoy a traditional Argentinean BBQ. We recommend it to those who are looking for the experience of hiking in Aconcagua, combined with a tour of the main tourist attractions along the route, all in one day! It is ideal for people of different ages and fitness levels because this is a low-intensity activity.

Mendoza: High Andes Mountain Private Guided Tour

Mendoza: High Andes Mountain Private Guided Tour

Get picked up from your hotel in Mendoza and get ready for a full day in the Andes. Your route begins along the Mendoza River, up to the border with Chile, and after 62 miles (100km) you will reach the Valle de Uspallata. Continue on to Polvaredas and Punta de Vacas where you can reach one of the best Mendoza ski resorts, Los Penitentes. Then, continue to Puente del Inca, a natural arch situated 8923 feet (2,720m) above sea level. Admire the swirls of colored rock and the mountain views from the bridge. A short distance from the border, a natural viewpoint allows you to appreciate the magnificent Aconcagua. If the park is open, you can trek over to Los Horcones Lagoon (entrance not included). On the border with Chile, you will find Las Cuevas - 10,500 feet (3,200m) above sea level - a small village built in a European style. Between Las Cuevas and the international Tunnel to Chile, there is a road that takes you to the monument of Cristo Redentor that is 13,780 feet (4,200m) above sea level. This road can be taken with favorable weather conditions, usually during January and February. Journey back to Mendoza on the famous Route 7 and get dropped off at your hotel. This tour to the high Andes you have two routes you can choose from. The regular option bordering the Mendoza River, traveling to national Route 7 taking you to Upsalatta. The second option is subject to favorable route conditions, heads north traveling on a mountain route starting in Villavicencio and arriving at Upsalatta giving you a different view of the Andes.

Mendoza: 4-Hour Mountain Trekking With Lunch

Mendoza: 4-Hour Mountain Trekking With Lunch

Arrive in the pretty district of Potrerillos and settle in before the activity begins. Then, start trekking with your guide to the summit of Cerro Calavera, 2212 meters above sea level. Famous for its accessibility for hikers and bikers, Mount Calavera boasts beautiful vegetation, awesome lake views, and plenty of animal sightings. During the hike, listen to fascinating anecdotes and history from your passionate guide, including the history of the area, the flora and fauna of the region, some information on the mountain, and typical regional customs. After an approximately 3-hour ascent, reach the top of the stunning Calavera Mountain. Take some time to rest and enjoy water and fruits to recharge. From the top, marvel at spectacular vistas over the region, the Cordón del Plata mountain range, and Lake Calavera. Finally, begin the descent, lasting up to 2 hours. Once you arrive back at the local partner's office, take your time relaxing and enjoying a typical, poolside lunch before returning to Mendoza.

From Mendoza: Full Day Gaucho Experience

From Mendoza: Full Day Gaucho Experience

Your guide will pick you up at 8:30 AM at the previously agreed upon place. It will take 2 hours to arrive at the ranch. During the drive, you will pass through Cacheuta and Potrerillos.  When you arrive at the ranch, food will be waiting so you can enjoy some 'tortitas' and 'mate'. Then enjoy 3 hours on horseback in the Andes. You can enjoy amazing views and most probably watch some Guanacos and Condores.  After the horseback riding, your host will make you a traditional asado with wine, vegetables, and some dessert. At approximately 6:30 PM you will arrive back in Mendoza city, depending on the traffic.

From Mendoza: Trekking and Barbecue in the Andes

From Mendoza: Trekking and Barbecue in the Andes

Start with a two-hour drive to the beginning of the trek in the Andes front range called "Cordon del Plata". On the way, you will be able to see the Cacheuta Village and Potrerillos dam. You will experience a full day regional tour. The activity will begin in the Front Mountain Range -at 2,400 meters above sea level- with a low-difficulty 3-hour hike. During the tour we will get to know the typical way of life of the locals, with their livestock and their pace of life, so different from that of the city. We will also see local wildlife: condors, guanacos and foxes. And as we reach higher altitudes, we will be amazed by the great views of Potrerillos, its dam and the pre-mountain range. Anything else? Of course, here is the best part: upon finishing the hike, we will arrive at the authentic mountain hut of Daniel, our gaucho friend. There we will be welcomed for a delicious asado criollo, with the best Argentinean meat. Although if you would rather not eat meat, all you have to do is say so, and we will prepare a vegetarian menu for you which –we are not lying– is so tasty that we always have to plan some extra servings… because there is no one who won’t have it! And the must-try: we will serve our asado with pure-bred Mendoza wine. Hiking and barbecue Mendoza is recommended to everyone. As it is a low-intensity hike, it does not exclude anyone: families and/or people with no previous experience can join us, and they will undoubtedly enjoy the whole experience.

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Thoroughly enjoyable and engaging trip. The scenery was spectacular with great information from our guide. Decent lunch with vegetarian options too.

The tour is wonderful. Guide Ariel and driver Carlos were amazing and made the experience better. The landscape is stunning.

Excellent guide. Tour with a well-designed itinerary. The bus broke down and ruined the experience a little.

The guys were very focused on making sure we had a great time

Vers nice guide. Good for seeing different parts of Mendoza